Living with fire: Homeowner assessment of landscape values and defensible space in Minnesota and Florida, USA

Kristen C Nelson, Martha C. Monroe, Jayne Fingerman Johnson, Alison Bowers

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Abstract

Homeowners' preferences for vegetation and defensible space near their homes were documented for wildfire-prone areas in Florida and Minnesota (USA) through 80 in-depth interviews and home site visits. The dominant preference for 'natural' landscapes was articulated as valuing vegetated views, wildlife, recreation, quiet, solitude, and privacy. Homeowners recognized wildfire risk but varied in their perceptions of effective wildfire prevention measures and willingness to take actions to reduce their risk. Most supported prescribed burns, especially if fire experts who understand the local ecology and fire behavior conduct the burns.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)413-425
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Wildland Fire
Volume13
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2004

Keywords

  • Fuel treatment preferences
  • Homeowner behaviors
  • Landscape preferences
  • Vegetation reduction
  • Wildfire
  • Wildfire risk perception

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